If you’ve already ticked off staycations, local tours, and other popular experiences on the sunny island of Singapore, here are more upcoming attractions and updates to look forward to. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS.
To boost the recovery of the hard-hit tourism industry, the city-state will be bringing in an Insta-worthy ice cream museum, a thrill ride, a scenic gondola, as well as refreshed events on its Orchard Road shopping district.
Announced at the Tourism Industry Conference, an annual event by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) for industry players, these new projects are aimed at increasing Singapore’s attractiveness as a travel destination.
Here’s what you can look forward to:
Museum of Ice Cream Singapore
Hailing from New York, the Museum of Ice Cream will be debuting in Singapore’s Dempsey area in the second half of the year. Its first foray outside of the United States, the museum will be home to familiar and well-loved attractions including the sprinkle pool—a pit filled with rainbow-coloured bits reminiscent of the dessert decoration, as well as other multi-sensory art installations inspired by the sweet treat.
Slated to be unveiled in the second half of this year, the Slingshot will be located next to current attraction GX-5 Extreme Swing, which sees riders dropped from a 40m-height and replacing the now-defunct G-Max Reserves Bungee. The tallest such ride in Singapore, the Slingshot will catapult riders almost 70m into the air, eventually reaching a speed of 160km per hour.
Re-acquaint yourself with Singapore’s scenic skyline when you take a ride on the upcoming SkyHelix Sentosa. Opening next year, the open-air rotating gondola will rise 35 meters above ground, offering visitors 360-degree views of the island’s southern coast. The first of its kind in Singapore, the leisure ride will complement the cluster of attractions at Imbiah Lookout.
A refreshed Orchard Road
STB will be working closely with the Orchard Road Business Association to refresh the offerings on the Orchard shopping belt. Shoppers can look forward to a scaled-up version of the signature Christmas on a Great Street during the year-end festive light-up, as well as Black Friday sale events later this year. A new attraction also looks set to launch on the vacant site between Killiney Road and Somerset Skatepark.